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Diocese of Sitka

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[[Image:Alaska.png|thumb|right|Visual representation of the Diocese of Alaska]]
The '''Diocese of Alaska (OCA)'''—in full, the '''Russian Orthodox Diocese of Alaska'''—is a [[diocese]] of the [[Orthodox Church in America]]. It is currently under the administration of Abp. [[Dmitri (Royster) of Dallas]] as ''[[locum tenens]]'', assisted by Bishop [[Benjamin (Peterson) of San Francisco]] as diocesan administrator. Its territory includes the American state of [[Alaska]].
The diocese has, since 2007, been struggling with a crisis regarding the leadership of its bishop, including allegations of abuse against both the bishop and the diocesan chancellor, Archimandrite [[Isidore (Brittain)]]. His Grace, the Right Reverend [[Nikolai (Soraich) of Sitka|Nikolai (Soraich)]], the diocesan bishop, was placed on a leave of absence beginning March 4, 2008, which was rescinded shortly thereafter and then reinstated on April 17, 2008. The leave become voluntarily permanent in May of 2008, followed by his official retirement.
*[ CNEWA One Magazine, 2006, Vol 32:6 (November) - Orthodox Alaska]
*[ OCA News] (includes information on the crisis in the diocese)
*[ Title to Historic Church Lands Returned to Alaska]